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The DC Food Policy Council legislative tracker highlights food policy in the 2021- 2022 DC Council legislative session. We will try to update the tracker as often as possible, but please note the update date in the title. For more information on these bills or other District legislation, visit http://lims.dccouncil.us/.
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Bill No.Legislation NameCategoryDescriptionCommittee ReferralStatusHyperlink
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B24-0018Green Food Purchasing Amendment Act of 2021Food waste and recovery; sustainable procurementRequires the Department of Energey and Environment (DOEE) to decvelope a methodology to estimate greenshouse gas emissions that occur through the life cycle of certain foods and establish a baseline measurement of emissions associated with the District's food and beverage purchases. DOEE is also required to prepare a report on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with District procurement. Contracting agencies are required to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions associated with food and beveraged according to the reduction schedule.Committee on Transportation and the EnvironmentEnacted June 7, 2021https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0018
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B24-0044Reopen Washington DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2021Retail business developmentAmends licensing and operational requirements for alcohol and liquor license holders; extends the Streateries program which was introduced during the pandemic and expands the access for businesses to apply; establishes the Commercial Lifestyle License which allows for the carrying and consumption of open alcoholic beverages purchased from on-premises establishments within a regulated zone; creates a new 25% full-service grocery store license which applicants who open and operate such a Class A grocery store in Ward 7 and/or 8 for at least 6 months may then apply for a Class A grocery store license in Wards 1 - 6; allows the sale of miniature alcoholic beverages in 25% full-service Class A grocery stores; and allows licensed establishements to sell, serve, and deliver alcoholic beverages from another location (applies to pop-up restaurants).Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentIntroduced on January 26, 2021; Public Hearing on May 10, 2021https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0044
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B24-0166Nutrition Equity Amendment Act of 2021Healthy food access, retail and business development, child nutrition, adult nutrition, nutrition education, healthCreates new requirements for meals served in shelters for individuals and families facing homelessness to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, permits the use of donated and recovered foods, provides an additional $0.25 reimbursement per meal for local produce used in meals, and increases resident input into the meal process. The bill also creates a $0.015 per ounce excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages (to be paid by distributors) in the District. The funding from the tax will replace the 8% sales tax on soft drinks; provide money to food as medicine programs, fund Nourish DC, fund preventative health programs at DC Health, provide nutrition education at shelters and schools, and any remaining funds will go to a mew Food Policy Council Grant fund which will be utilized for enacting grants and programs based on the FPC priorities.Committee of the Whole; Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentIntroduced on March 29, 2021; Public Hearing on May 19, 2021; Withdrawn on June 14, 2021https://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0166
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